Needless baby deaths

PHYLLIS LOGIE By PHYLLIS LOGIE, 14th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Millions of babies die every year for lack of adequate antenatal care and not all the deaths occur in third world countries as one might think, many happen in the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Over 2 million stillbirths occur annualy for want of adequate antenatal care

According to a report released today (14.4.11) in the British Medical Journal Lancet, over 2 million stillbirths are recorded each year, equating to an average of around 7000 daily, with little signs of abating. Altogether 69 experts, 50 organisations in 18 different countries were involved in researching and assembling the report which came to this startling conclusion.

Still births mean different things in different countries. In the US for example, loss of the foetus at 20 week is regarded as a still birth, whilst the World Health Organisation (WHO) pegs it at 28 weeks or later.

Most of these stillbirths occur mainly in third world countries, however a disturbingly large number happen right here in first world countries such as the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), where in the region of 27,000 deaths are recorded annually, outstripping those born with HIV/AIDS. The finger points squarely at the poor health care received by these women during pregnancy.

The highest numbers of deaths occur in Nigeria and Pakistan. In Nigeria it is 42 in every thousand and Pakistan 46 in every thousand. Whist the global average is 22% per thousand. Finland and Singapore are streets in front with both scoring as low as 2% per thousand; clearly they have something to teach the rest of the world.

The leading cause in the US is attributed to obesity. Women who are obese are prone to hypertension and often develop diabetes Mellitus during their pregnancy. Other causes include childbirth complications, maternal infection, and foetal growth interference.

The report maintains that the lives of over one million babies could be saved globally each year with better antenatal care. Further, it concluded that the vision for the future is to offer culturally appropriate and locally delivered antenatal care. This is particularly important in places such Canada where the stillbirth rate amongst Inuit women is three times as high as the rest of Canada.


Antenatal Care, Babies, Gestation, Giving Birth, Pregnancy, Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Stillbirths

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I am a retired female who has been writing for the past five years. My favorite topics are history and biographies.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

I was so blessed as to not have lost a child. I have had two pregnacies and two births. My heart just aches for those that have to go through this. Yes I think we need to spread the care around and honestly, why has it not already been done, this just makes me so upset. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar PHYLLIS LOGIE
15th Apr 2011 (#)

It is a very upsetting report especially as it is so unnecessary. I also have 2 children and 3 granchildren and to lose any one of them would be the breaking of me. But in situations like this, one feel so helpless. The govenments in these countries who can make a difference, often seems to not care. Thank you for your response Denise O.

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Such tragic high figures of recorded deaths...this has quite shocked me, Phyllis... Excellent research on a dreadful loss of life..Thank you for sharing this....

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